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About Artista

Artista offers creative cuisine, impeccable service and a perfect location to the downtown area.

800 Bagby Street, Suite 400
Hobby Center of the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
During performances:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00pm-9:00pm

Non-performance days:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Walker/Rusk

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 315-2562

Website:
http://www.artistahouston.com/

Entertainment:
piano, rat-pack, jazz

Parking Details:
Valet parking provided by Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Secured parking garage also available.

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant available for buy-outs, please contact us for more details.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for your special day! We will be offering a three course prix fixe menu for lunch until 4pm for $37.94 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Dinner will be a four course prix fixe menu for $79.95 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Come enjoy the scenic views with your special person.

Artista Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (71)
Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (29)
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Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Scenic View (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (14)
People Watching (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

After making a reservation 2 months in advance, we were seated in the upstairs area that looked like an afterthought. Better suited for a Chinese Buffett, not a 200 dollar dinner for two. I requested we be seated downstairs, and the manager told us everything downstairs is "reserved for big donors of the hobby center" and there was nothing he could do. This definitely made us feel second class and unappreciated. Never going back.

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Color Purple

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our reservation was for lunch. We were unaware that Artista was under new ownership which did not include a prix fixe or lunch menu, only a pricey dinner menu. Our meal was well prepared and presented but not worth the excessive price. Our server was pleasant but poorly trained, we waited at various times for simple things like placing our orders, bringing a requested beverage straw and additional napkin and after 90 minutes we had to ask for the check in order to rush to our theater seats. It's unlikely that we will return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Highly recommended! The unique location of the restaurant offers a view of downtown. The service was very dependable and prompt, and the food was delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. Go to Artistas before all Broadway and Tuts shows

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Cold food and mediocre at best. Wouldn’t go back except for convenience

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food quality and size of proportions not represented as per the menu. Did not have hot tea as on the menu. Service was good.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was tasty and our waiter was in training, he made some rookie mistakes but that wasn't what bothered me. I ordered the trio which is three meats: lobster, fish and steak. The plate I received only had the steak and lobster. I pointed it out to the manager and he offered a free dessert. I politely declined as we had a VIP Experance before the Nutcracker and they would be serving sweets. He then offered to bring out the missing fish. I, again, declined because the VIP Experance was starting soon and I didn't want my daughter sitting in a restaurant waiting on my fish when she could be enjoying something I payed for. The manager went back-and-forth with me a bit before finally agreeing to ajust my bill. Upon receiving the bill a discovered my bill was adjusted $5. HE TOOK $5 OFF OF A $120 BILL! I took it as a big F-you. The meal cost $48 and I only received one third of it, one third of 48 is 16, not 5. Taking half off the meal would have been acceptable and appreciated or even $20 off, but $5... why bother.
Other than the manager, our experience was a nice one.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beware!! They have eliminated the Matinee menu and not added a lunch menu. $38 dollar entrees and up for lunch! $5 plate charge when we split the fish. Food was good quality and service was good as always. However, it’s really an awkward lunch menu. Maybe add some salads with protein? Or soup and salad combos? Many people spent a lot of time looking at the menu confused and then ordered off the appetizer menu or soups/salads and that was it. Probably won’t be back unless the menu offerings improve. What happened to the excellent halibut? Plaintain crusted chicken? Burger? All had been eliminated. Have been going to the restaurant since it opened and always look forward to going before a show. Very disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I am disappointed they removed the lunch menu and increased their prices. Sadly I’d encourage others to look elsewhere for better value for money.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food and Service as always! We come here before the theatre and they have a great atmosphere.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I have been to the restaurant many times in the past, both as a company function and personally. It was always a great experience.

But this time the entire visit was a disaster. There were only 7 tables occupied and it took 17 minutes for a waitress to come to our table. We ordered 3 entrees and 2 served were not what we ordered and the fish on the wrong entrees was served cold. We ordered a child's chicken meal and they brought shrimp. We asked for lattes at the end of the meal and were told they didn't serve them ... we had to show the waitress they were on the menu.

I had to ask twice to speak to the manager ... he offered a free desert but did not offer to fix the wrong meals. Then charged us full price ($45-$50) for entrees that were inedible.

Overall a very disappointing experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good experience but way too expensive.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Cold food and slow service which did not improve despite complaining.
Don’t waste your money there are many better places than this.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent place to enjoy a the company of family surrounded by great food and wine. The overall customer service was EXCELLENT!! - Customers comes first. The staff provided tips and kept us on time not to miss our after dinner plans. Great place for any special occasion

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I love Artista. It's the perfect place to eat before a show at Hobby Center. I have never been disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Date w my daughter and show

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

To noisey. Kids jumping around and manager moved us instead of reminding parents that a restaurant is not a playground. Food not great.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Lovely wait staff - food was fine

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Huge disappointment. The service was not good at all. Waiter was not attentive and we never got drink refills, nor did he tell us about any off the menu items. The Manager would not accept the gift card that was issued through open table that was specifically for Artista. The food was just ok. For the price of an entrée of $45 , you would expect it to be great, and its just not. I don't recommend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were seated upstairs at a square table. The table leaves under the table hit all four of our knees (it obviously could also be converted into a round table)
My husband and I both order the special trio and surf and turf - you would think the specials would be special... they were served cold and the fish was dry and cold. The steak was cooked nicely but it was cold. Not one of our meals was hot and we were there on Sunday at 5:45. My kids ordered the roasted chicken and it looked reheated by the tough texture of the outside and it was served room temperature if not almost cold. The fried potato things on my plate tasted refried/reheated and were cold. The service was not bad, they were kind but they were not trained well.
I wanted to have a nice dinner before the theatre but was disappointed. I used to eat here for business lunches and don’t recall it being so chain-like and bad. I wish the manager and chef would take more pride in their work. I guess since it’s hooked to the hobby, they are not hurting for customers so they can get away with cutting corners the food preparation and quality.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This a great place for when you are going to the show. I have been here many times but this time I was a bit disappointed in our main server. The support staff was wonderful. Just our main waitress fell short of my expectations. Food was wonderful!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lucy was outstanding, great suggestions and service, friendly. Wanted everyone to have a memorable experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love the food, the view at night and the ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good food and convenient.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Conveniently located at Hobby Center - especially for patrons going to the theatre .
Great place for after work drinks & tapas.
Service was great from the time we arrived and throughout our meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal and service!

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wine list was out of date as the first 3 or 4 selections were out of stock. The restaurant felt over crowded

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Both me and my client ordered the lunch Churassco steak. For $30 I would have expected a little more from the dish. My steak had a lot of fat on it so I could not finish the last 1/4th of it - the steak was very thin. Service and ambiance was good however.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our table wasn’t pre-bused, appetizer came after our entree, potatoes over seasoned, meat under seasoned, calamari sauce unbalanced (heavy on the vinegar). They are trying to be fine dining but are falling short.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This restaurant used to be really great. This last visit was very disappointing. The food was mediocre at best and the price for what you received was to much. We will not be returning any time soon.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was so-so to "not good", and service was very slow on this night (we've been here twice before: 1st time was amazing, 2nd time was similar to 3rd event). Best thing we had: free plantains and dipping sauces that are served immediately - these are very good, particularly the pesto and the red sauce. We drank Iced Tea, had to ask for lemons twice (got limes), had to ask for refills after sitting empty for 1/2 hour and then asked for the lemons again and got them! Child's plate of F Fries and F Shrimp: excellent. Calamari appetizer was "ok", but a bit rubbery and not worth $15! Shrimp dish was edible, but not great. Will look for other options when attending TUTs performances.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was very poor. We had 4 different wait staff check on us. No one knew what the other had done. The orders were late getting out and not at the same time. When the last order out it was Cold. The server couldn't remember who got what. It was slow and inefficient. They said the kitchen was the problem. Whatever it was, I won't be returning any time soon.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

So disappointing. I don’t know what happened to this restaurant, but our dinner was a huge disappointment. Food was overpriced and unappealing. Angel wings were over cooked; empanadas were greasy; lobster bisque had no lobster; crab and calamari caprese was almost inedible; truffle fries were not crisp. I could go on but that covers it. We had a very expensive meal that no one enjoyed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sorry to hear they are closing ... Second time at the restaurant very nice atmosphere and service gr at.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We usually book a table at Artista prior to performances at the Hobby Center. It is so convenient. The ambiance is always very quiet and elegant. The waiter staff is very polite and efficient. And the food has always been excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was a very enjoyable evening. I think you need to keep it a little dressy like it is although there were those that were not dressed up. It's nice to go to a special place and have a good dinner with a little class. :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a great experience before a Broadway show. Quite a lot of food no matter what you order. I especially love the empanadas.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our group of six enjoyed drinks and appetizers before seeing "On Your Feet." It was a nice way to come together on Thanksgiving evening, relax a bit, and prepare to see a great performance!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food is pretty good, but really wish Artista would change their dinner menu - the menu has not changed much since they opened. Understand that they have to serve a big crowd in a short time, but think the chef could come up with a new set of dishes that are quick to finish and serve. Very tired of the same butter sauce on all fish dishes. The sea bass is supposed to have a vinaigrette, but, it was the same sauce that is served with the other seafood entrees. Some lighter options would be greatly appreciated.

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